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Anomia chinensis
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Anomia chinensis
Taxonomic Group: Mollusks-Bivalves


Anomia chinensis, commonly known as the Chinese Jingle Shell, is native to the Northwestern Pacific from Singapore to Korea and Japan. In the Northeast Pacific, it was first found in Samish Bay, Washington (WA) in 1924, and was subsequently found in Willapa Bay, WA and Tillamook Bay, Oregon. However, this species has failed to become established on the West Coast. Adults of A. chinensis are firmly attached to hard substrates, such as rocks, shells, wood, and man-made structures. There are no known impacts from introduced locations.

*This species is not currently established in North American waters.

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Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT (2018)
National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System.
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